Quick Links

Rabinowitch Fellowship

The Biomedical Ethics Unit awards a Rabinowitch Fellowship to Master’s or PhD students pursuing studies through the Biomedical Ethics Unit at McGill University. Awardees are required to pursue a thesis topic that explores the relationship between Judaism, science, and ethics.

Eligible candidates must either be a) admitted to the Master’s Specialization in Biomedical Ethics through either Experimental Medicine or Department of Human Genetics or b) admitted into the PhD program of Experimental Medicine or Department of Human Genetics. Those interested in writing a thesis that addresses ethical, social, or policy issues concerning medicine and Judaism are welcome to apply. Some possible topics that exemplify the breadth of what would be supported are: Ethics and Prenatal Screening of Jewish Populations; Jewish Experience of Death and Dying; Jewish Religious Doctrine and Brain Death; Israeli Policies on Organ Trade.

In addition to thesis supervision from a member of the Biomedical Ethics Unit, students can be co-supervised or advised by other McGill faculty, including: Barry Levy (Faculty of Religion, Jewish Studies); Morton Weinfeld (Sociology); William Foulkes (Genetics); and John Mitchell (Genetics).

The fellowship will provide $15,000 for one year of funding. Awardees can apply for a second year of funding. To apply for the fellowship, we invite students to state their interest in the fellowship in the cover letter to their application. Awardees will be notified upon admission.

About Israel Rabinowitch

The fellowship honors the career and contributions of Israel Rabinowich (1890-1983), the father of clinical chemistry in Canada. Rabinowitch joined the McGill Faculty of Medicine in 1922, and helped build the Metabolism and Toxicology Department at Montreal General Hospital. He was one of the first medical scientists to test insulin, and by the 1930s, his diabetic clinic was the second largest in North America.